Point Break Thor: In Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, the God of Thunder discovers that Tony Stark gave him the Quinjet activation code name “Point Break.” This is why.
Despite Thor’s positive view of himself as the “strongest Avenger,” Tony Stark’s Quinjet password for him in Thor: Ragnarok is the less complimentary “Point Break.” Thor: Ragnarok, directed by Taika Waititi, completely reimagined the God of Thunder and his film franchise.
Use Point Break Thors Instead of Nostalgic Style
Instead of a melancholy style and a deeper tone, the third instalment moved in the opposite direction, with a psychedelic look evocative of Jack Kirby’s illustrations and a considerably lighter tone.
It also had lots of nods to the God of Thunder’s earlier exploits in the series, as is customary for the MCU.
One of them is Thor’s activation name for the Quinjet, which Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) used to travel to Sakaar at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
When the then-Asgardian prince was attempting to flee the junk planet in order to defend Asgard from his long-lost sister, Hela (Cate Blanchett), he came across the plane.
He cranked it up, somewhat familiar with the ship thanks to his time on Earth with the Avengers and Nick Fury, but the onboard computer needed a passcode.
Thor tried a few other codenames, but none of them worked, including “Thor,” “Son of Odin,” and “Strongest Avenger.” He cursed Tony, frustrated, before reluctantly trying “Point Break,” which worked.
This alludes to Iron Man and Thor’s very first encounter in 2012’s The Avengers. Fury secretly recruited his strongest superheroes for the Avengers Initiative while Loki commanded the Chitauri army in an attempt to take over Earth.
Apart from his previous encounters with SHIELD, Thor was also intimately implicated, as it was his adoptive brother who was causing all the havoc.
Tony assured Thor that everything was OK between them after their earlier encounter in the park at the team’s first group meeting in the Hellicarrier, but in keeping with the billionaire’s love for nicknames, he also branded him “Point Break.”
Tony’s choice of God of Thunder moniker is a nod to the 1991 film Point Break. It’s about an FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), who goes undercover to investigate a ring of bank thieves commanded by Bodhi.
It’s directed by Katherine Bigelow (Patrick Swayze). He has a complicated relationship with the gang, particularly its leader, as he spends more time with them.
While the plot of Point Break doesn’t appear to have anything to do with Thor or his storey in the MCU to that point, Tony picked the nickname because the God of Thunder had the same middle-length blonde hair as Swayze in the movie.
Tony has yet to see Thor’s shorter hairstyle during the events of Ragnarok. During the events of Avengers: Endgame, Tony gave Thor a new nickname: Lebowski, as he had gained some weight during the five-year time leap since Thanos’ snap.
Because the God of Thunder’s significantly altered appearance was similar to Jeff Bridges’ character in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski, this is a reference to that film.
Tony has given a nickname to a number of MCU characters, including Thor. In The Avengers, he dubbed Clint Barton/Hawkeye “Legolas,” and in Avengers: Infinity War, he dubbed Peter Quill/Star-Lord “Flash Gordon.”
What’s interesting about Thor is if he understood why he was given those nicknames, considering Tony’s penchant for using pop culture references that aren’t exactly in style on Asgard. He seemed to recognise that “Point Break”
was a mocking of his looks, as he reluctantly used it to power up the Quinjet in Thor: Ragnarok. Thor may have taken a page from Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s notepad, which was chock-full of vital pop culture.